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US3195813A
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July 20, 1965 J. H. HART 3,195,813

CALORIE COUNTER Filed Feb. 25, 1963 O 0 0 -O O 25 I375 I325 I300 I275 I250 MEAT FRUIT O HAMBURG APPLE 75 0 5 LIVER ORANGE 75 E25 POT AST 20o PEAR 75 LAM 225 BANANA I00 0 75 ETEKK 2 2% iii-225 28 AUCES JEL 75 ll 5- I O CATSUP 25 PEANUT o0 GI/IG Q LIQUORS DESSERT2 SOOALE I25 COOKIES 5o 5 o BEE? 109 0 I4 525 2. 22% 0 550 iifl 'is 7 5 (over) 0 O O 575 e00 625 650 675 700 ATTORNEY United States Patent 0 3,195,813 CALORIE CGUNTER James H. Hart, 4 Rocky/hill Road, Andover, Mass. Filed Feb. 25, 1963, Ser. No. 260,575 2 Qlairns. (Cl. 235-90) This invention relates to calculators or counters and more particularly to .a counter for totalizing the calorie value contained in a plurality of substances.

A principal object of the present invention is to provide an improved calculator which permits the ready addition of predetermined units of value of a plurality of successively selected substances.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved counter arranged for rapid selection among a plurality of substances and the ready addition of the calorie value of the selected substances.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved calculator of simplified construction and low cos-t of manufacture.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a calculator of simple construction which is arranged to hold or lock the count indicator in any position at which it is set.

A still further object of the present invention is to provide a counter which permits the ready addition of predetermined units of calorie value contained in various foodstuffs and which can be conveniently carried on the person.

Other objects of the invention will in part be obvious p .and will in part appear hereinafter.

The invention accordingly comprises the apparatus possessing the construction, combination of elements and arrangement of parts which are exemplified in the following detailed disclosure, and the scope of the application of which will be indicated in the claims.

For a fuller understanding of the nature and objects of the invention, reference should be had to the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a device embodying th invention;

FIGURE 2 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view of a portion of FIGURE 1 showing the count indicator; and

FIGURE 3 is an enlarged fragmentary view showing the arrangement of the count indicator in the totalizing scale.

Referring now to the drawing there is shown one preferred embodiment of the present invention. The counter of the present invention comprises a flat member '16 which preferably consists of a rectangular piece of relatively stiff plastic material.

The flat member 10 has printed thereon a plurality of indicia 12 which represents chosen units of quantity, measurement or weight of a class of foodstuffs or to sp cific items of a foodstuff class. v

Adjacent each indicia 12 there are printed numerals 14 which represent the number of units of calorie value in the designated unit of quantity, measurement or weight of the class or specific food items. In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the numerals 14 represent the number of units of calorie value to the nearest even multiple of 25. Thus, for example, if the calorie value of the selected quantity of foodstuff is 115 the numeral adjacent thereto will be 125.

In the preferred embodiment of the invention illustrated in the drawing, a scale for indicating th changing total calorie value of the chosen quantities of food items selected by the individual consumer is provided on the margin or periphery of the flat member If The totalizing scale comprises a plurality of apertures or openings 16 positioned around the margin of the flat member 10. A series of numerals 18 are printed on the flat member 10 adjacent the openings 16. The numerals 18 are preferably arranged in arithmetic progression in which the arithmetic progression is determined by adding a constant quantity equal to the even multiple of the calorie value. In the preferred embodiment the constant quantity is 25. A totalizing indicator or character 20 is provided for insertion into the openings adjacent the numeral designating the accumulation or sum of the calorie values for the selected food item or combination or schedule of selected food items.

The totalizing indicator 2!) preferably consists of an upper flat portion 22 having its lower surface inclinedto the fiat member 10 to facilitate removal when the indicator is inserted into an opening 16 in the totalizing scale. The lower portion of the totalizing indicator 20 preferably consists of at least three prong members 24. The totalizing indicator 20 is preferably formed of a yieldably resilient plastic material. The prongs when pressed into the hole or opening 16 are sufficiently yieldable from their normal position (as shown by the dotted lines of FIGURE 2) so that they move toward each other per mitting insertion into the opening adjacent the numerals representing the total calorie value of the foods selected. The prongs are sufficiently resilient to thereby hold or lock the indicator firmly in place until removed and inserted in another opening.

In a preferred form of the invention a tab or collar member 21 is provided about the totalizing indicator 20 to facilitate removal ofthe indicator when inserted into an opening 16 in the totalizing scale.

In operation of the calorie counter shown, which is particularly useful for indicating the accumulation or sum of calories of food items selected by the operator, the operator can determine from numerals 14 the number of calories contained in the selected food item adajcent thereto. The totalizing indicator is then advanced to an opening in the totalizing scale adjacent the numerals 18 representing the arithmetic sum of the calorie value of food items selected. Thus, the operator, by merely observing the totalizing indicator can determine whether selected food items should be increased or reduced in order to keep the calorie total within a required range, for example, for an individual.

In another embodiment of the present invention, additional indicia 12 may be provided on the reverse side of the fiat member 1t together with additional numerals 14 representing the calorie value thereof. In this embodiment of the invention the arithmetic progression of numerals 1% are continued on the reverse side of the fiat member. The totalizing indicator can be inserted in the openings from the reverse side in the same manner as described above.

While the invention has been described with respect to a preferred embodiment, numerous modifications can be made within the spirit of the invention. For example, the totalizing scale can consist of a plurality of columns of openings arranged in parallel to the indicia 12 which represents the foodstuffs.

While the upper portion 22 of the totalizing indicator has been shown as having a disc configuration, numerous other geometric configurations and shapes can be employed. Similarly the numerous geometric configurations of the tab 21 can be employed.

Since certain changes may be made in the above apparatus without departing from the scope of the invention herein involved, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description, or shown in the accompanying drawing, shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

Whatis claimed is:

1. A calorie counter comprising a single sheet member, a plurality of fixed columns of indicia on each side of said sheet member relating to foodstufis, a series of figures positioned adjacent said indicia of foodstuff, each figure indicating the calorie value of said indicia of foodstuff adjacent thereto, a totalizing scale comprising a series of numerals disposed in arithmetic progression around the margin of said sheet member for indicating the changing total calorie value of selected foodstuffs, openings in the margin of said sheet member adjacent said numerals and an indicator character adapted to be inserted from either side of said sheet member into any of said openings adjacent said numerals to indicate the changing total calorie value.

2. A calorie counter comprising a thin plastic sheet member, a plurality of fixed indicia on at least one side of said thin plastic sheet member relating to units of quantities of foodstuffs, a series of figures positioned adjacent said indicia, each figure indicating the calorie value of said foodstuff adjacent thereto and being an even multiple of 25, a totalizing scale comprising a series of nuinerals disposed in arithmetic progression about the marsertion into any of said openings, said indicator having resilient means for holding said indicator stationary until advanced to another opening consisting of three yieldably resilient prong members.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 592,081 10/97 Crocker 235-90 715,799 12/02 Hendrickson 129-16.5 766,545 8/04 Sterl.

990,640 4/11 Dodge 235 90 1,280,903 10/18 TrOXel 235-90 X 1,324,041 12/19 Ful'rell 273136 1,714,792 5/29 Kurihard;

2,017,479 10/35 Terkelsen 235-:90 2,260,069 10/41 Whi-tSOH 12916.8

LEO SMILOW, Primary Examiner. LEYLAND M. MARTIN, Examiner.

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1. A CALORIE COUNTER COMPRISING A SINGLE SHEET MEMBER, A PLURALITY OF FIXED COLUMSN OF INDICIA ON EACH SIDE OF SAID SHEET MEMBER RELATING TO FOODSTUFFS, A SERIES OF FIGURES POSITIONED ADJACENT SAID INDICIA OF FOODSTUFF, EACH FIGURE INDICATING THE CALORIE VALUE OF SAID INDICIA OF FOODSTUFF ADJACENT THERETO, A TOTALIZING SCALE COMPRISING A SERIES OF NUMERALS DISPOSED IN ARITHMETIC PROGRESSION AROUND THE MARGIN OF SAID SHEET MEMBER FOR INDICATING THE CHANGING TOTAL CALORIE VALUE OF SELECTED FOODSTUFSS, OPENINGS IN THE MARGIN OF SAID SHEET MEMBER ADJACENT SAID NUMERALS AND AN INDICATOR CHARACTER ADAPTED TO BE INSERTED FROM EITHER SIDE OF SAID SHEET MEMBER INTO ANY OF SAID OPENINGS ADJACENT SAID NUMERALS TO INDICATE THE CHANGING TOTAL CALORIE VALUE.
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US3266724A (en) * 1965-03-29 1966-08-16 William J Johnson Automatic cribbage board
US3301480A (en) * 1964-08-29 1967-01-31 Dennert & Pape Aristo Werke K Slide rule cursor
US3675620A (en) * 1970-08-12 1972-07-11 Michel M Baustin Means for recording medicinal dosages
US3841260A (en) * 1973-09-24 1974-10-15 V Sharp Diet management device
US3879870A (en) * 1973-06-28 1975-04-29 George M Bachand Tag assembly for animal collar or the like
US4148273A (en) * 1976-09-07 1979-04-10 Hollingsworth Delbert L Medicine management device
US4520749A (en) * 1983-05-06 1985-06-04 Jefferson David A Checklist device
US4606555A (en) * 1984-10-25 1986-08-19 Florence Adams Diet control device and method
US5109789A (en) * 1990-12-31 1992-05-05 Oded Berman Personal compatibility indicating device
US5382165A (en) * 1993-07-16 1995-01-17 Knox; Jayne B. Calorie counter device and method for use
US5491324A (en) * 1994-05-12 1996-02-13 Vanderpool; Frank Score-keeping-with-carry score boards
US5992344A (en) * 1997-09-01 1999-11-30 Bader; Silvia Tournament scheduler
US20050118302A1 (en) * 2002-08-13 2005-06-02 Jacek Dlugolecki Method to prepare low calorie meal sets

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US592081A (en) * 1897-10-19 Samuel crocker
US715799A (en) * 1902-04-29 1902-12-16 Henrietta Vetter Card-index system.
US766545A (en) * 1904-03-30 1904-08-02 Otto A Sterl Card-case and counter.
US990640A (en) * 1909-12-20 1911-04-25 David F Dodge Pinochle-counter.
US1280903A (en) * 1918-04-29 1918-10-08 John J Kinney Supply-indicating device.
US1324041A (en) * 1919-12-09 Game apparatus
US1714792A (en) * 1927-09-19 1929-05-28 Kurihara Yasaku Game apparatus
US2017479A (en) * 1934-11-12 1935-10-15 Andrew Terkelsen Game board or the like
US2260069A (en) * 1939-10-31 1941-10-21 Electrofile Inc Filing device

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US592081A (en) * 1897-10-19 Samuel crocker
US1324041A (en) * 1919-12-09 Game apparatus
US715799A (en) * 1902-04-29 1902-12-16 Henrietta Vetter Card-index system.
US766545A (en) * 1904-03-30 1904-08-02 Otto A Sterl Card-case and counter.
US990640A (en) * 1909-12-20 1911-04-25 David F Dodge Pinochle-counter.
US1280903A (en) * 1918-04-29 1918-10-08 John J Kinney Supply-indicating device.
US1714792A (en) * 1927-09-19 1929-05-28 Kurihara Yasaku Game apparatus
US2017479A (en) * 1934-11-12 1935-10-15 Andrew Terkelsen Game board or the like
US2260069A (en) * 1939-10-31 1941-10-21 Electrofile Inc Filing device

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3301480A (en) * 1964-08-29 1967-01-31 Dennert & Pape Aristo Werke K Slide rule cursor
US3266724A (en) * 1965-03-29 1966-08-16 William J Johnson Automatic cribbage board
US3675620A (en) * 1970-08-12 1972-07-11 Michel M Baustin Means for recording medicinal dosages
US3879870A (en) * 1973-06-28 1975-04-29 George M Bachand Tag assembly for animal collar or the like
US3841260A (en) * 1973-09-24 1974-10-15 V Sharp Diet management device
US4148273A (en) * 1976-09-07 1979-04-10 Hollingsworth Delbert L Medicine management device
US4520749A (en) * 1983-05-06 1985-06-04 Jefferson David A Checklist device
US4606555A (en) * 1984-10-25 1986-08-19 Florence Adams Diet control device and method
US5109789A (en) * 1990-12-31 1992-05-05 Oded Berman Personal compatibility indicating device
US5382165A (en) * 1993-07-16 1995-01-17 Knox; Jayne B. Calorie counter device and method for use
US5491324A (en) * 1994-05-12 1996-02-13 Vanderpool; Frank Score-keeping-with-carry score boards
US5992344A (en) * 1997-09-01 1999-11-30 Bader; Silvia Tournament scheduler
US20050118302A1 (en) * 2002-08-13 2005-06-02 Jacek Dlugolecki Method to prepare low calorie meal sets

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